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Oct 22, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project;Magella Blinksell
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Clyde recalls the shallow and at times dangerously choppy waters of Lake George (or Weerewaa in the indigenous language) outside Canberra; a lake regarded as 'mysterious' for its cycles of drying out and filling, and unbeknown to many, a site of various yacht and ski-clubs when it was full c 1950,c1960. George recounts the huge difficulty of pulling a yacht up onto a trailer once the wind started to blow from particular directions,the danger of sailing at that time, while also retelling a joke...
Topics: Lake George, Weerewa, ACT, Yacht & Water Skiing Clubs on Lake George
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Oct 21, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project; Magella Blinksell
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Jean & Tony recall wartime wedding dresses made from airmen's parachute silk; with Jean recalling sitting for hours with other women sewing on beads (and crystals?) from chandeliers.Jean offers an anecdote of sugar rationing - and why she hasn't added sugar to her tea or cereal to this day. Oral history excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK project.
Topics: Rationing WWII Australia, Parachute wedding dresses
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Oct 21, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project; Magella Blinksell
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Clyde
Topics: O-Wings RAAF WWII Canada, Australia Canada, Avro Anson, Observer, Flight
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Oct 21, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project;Magella Blinksell
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Tony and Jean recall the end of a tank struck by friendly fire while Tony was serving in the Pacific with Australian anti-Japanese forces during WWII. Riddled with holes the tank was according to Tony disposed of without a word.
Topics: WWII Pacific reminiscence, Friendly Fire, Lost tank
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Oct 20, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project;Magella Blinksell
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Betty recalls seeing her friend Jack return home to Bathurst during WWII, and seeing him in a new light. Later her fiancee, and then husband, Jack shares a life together with Betty; all beginning with this unforgettable moment, retold in 2009. Oral history excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK project. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topic: Falling in Love WWII
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Oct 20, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project; Magella Blinksell
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Betty recounts the history of the walking track her husband - and another resident, Derrick helped to build at Morshead Home, Lyneham. As her account of the track unfolds,other journeys and life tracks are joined with the story; Jack's WWII service and travel in the Pacific; her trips retracing Jack's steps and the journeys she has made, throwing two stones in the sea - to remember him. Oral History excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Morshead Home for Veterans and Aged Persons, Walking track reminiscence, Storytelling project with...
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Oct 12, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project & Magella Blinksell
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Jean offers a humorous account of the night the Japanese mini subs attacked Sydney Harbour on 1 June 194.She also describes the alarm of a suspected mini sub heading up the Harbour towards Spectacle Island where she worked during wartime.
Topics: japanese mini subs, Sydney Harbour WWII, Spectacle Island
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Oct 12, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project & Magella Blinksell
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Jean humorously recalls waking up and returning to sleep on June 1, 1942 during alarm warnings of mini submarine attacks on Sydney Harbour during WWII. She also provides an account of a later alarm, with a suspected sub advancing towards her up the Harbour while engaged at Spectcale Island.Oral History excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Mini submarine attacks Sydeny Harbour, WWII Australia reminiscence
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Oct 12, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project,Magella Blinksell
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Jean humorously recalls waking up and going back to sleep during the alarms of attacks on Sydney Harbour WWII - recounting a later episode of a suspected submarine advance up the Harbour close to her Amuunitions workplace located on Spectacle Island. Oral History Excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Mini Sub attacks Sydney Harbour, Spectacle Island
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Oct 7, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, Magella Blinksell
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97 year old Maidie recalls working as one of Melbourne's highest paid telephonists, the need to stop work as a married woman, and her temporary re-employment when her husband was away in Borneo during WWII.
Topics: telephonists, Melbourne WWII
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Oct 7, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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WWII RAAF pilot Colin recalls arriving in a blacked out Liverpool, being surprised by the dangers & difficulties posed for cab drivers and witnessing the strange contrast of spitfires "roaring out over the channel" juxtaposed next to the beauty of a verdant England & Bornemouth: "... as though a war wasn't going on." Oral history excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Blackouts Liverpool WWII, RAAF pilots England WWII
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Oct 7, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, & Magella Blinksell
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George reflects 'I'd have it all over again', when looking back at his marriage to wife Yvonne, and their work together running hotels in Western Australia (including The Premier Hotel.) Excerpt from oral history - A TRACK WINDING BACK. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Reflection on life, Australian publican
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Oct 6, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project,& Magella Blinksell
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Billie reminisces
Topics: Kuala Lumpur 1950s, Australians in Malaysia 1950
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Oct 6, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, & Magella Blinksell
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John recalls being capsized by a tidal bore
Topics: Burma WWII, tidal bore
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Oct 6, 2009 Magella Blinksell
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Pools hold more than water, often expressing new hopes for new generations... Manuka Pool, Canberra's first public swimming baths is utilized here as a 'memory holder' for stories from WWII, reflections on life in early Canberra & as a holding place for explorations of remembrance and peace. As a meeting point for personal and social history, the pool offers a poigant reminder of the connection between generations & the fragility of Peace.
Topics: Manuka Pool, WWII Australian reminiscences, Manuka, Australian veterans, Oral History, Storytelling...
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Oct 5, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, & Magella Blinksell
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George gives a publican's eye view of running a hotel, hotel licenses, pub behaviour, police calls and a vivid account - from WWII - of drunken misbehaviour by some U.S Marines and the dramatic arrival of the U.S Destroyer's Shore patrol. George recalls making a call direct to the visiting American warship. Pulling up in a 4WD Hummer at the pub, the shore patrol soon unleashes some 'hands-on' discipline.
Topics: Australian Pub behaviour, U.S marines in Australia WWII, Australian Publican
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Oct 5, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project & M M Blinksell
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George recalls Kings Cross Sydney post WWII, with an ccount of working in the refrigeration industry prior to the import of sealed unit refrigeration - offering a behind the bar look at the King's Cross nightclub world of the Fifties.There's an account of alcohol rationing after the war, encountering Abe saffron, drinking at the famed (and infamous) Roosevelt Club. Excerpt from A Track Winding Back. Interviewer Magella Blinksell
Topics: Kings Cross Nightclubs post WWII, Kings Cross 1950s, The Roosevelt, Refrigeration Industry,...
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Sep 29, 2009 A Track Winding Back, Magella Blinksell
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George remembers the 'potluck' of ordering the first Australian Holden Utility - rumoured to be in the pipeline in c1948 and a conversation with the Holden Sales Rep who thought "there WAS no such animal in captivity". George pays a deposit of 50 pounds a year ahead of delivery, and describes customers' acceptance of 'wrong' colour ducco during a period when motor vehicles were at a premium in Australia following the Second World War. Excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK.
Topics: 1948 Holden Utlity, Post war motor vehicle shortage Australia
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Sep 29, 2009 A Track Winding Back
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Maidie aged 97 recalls her marriage on Melbourne Cup Eve, an evening reception at Melbourne's Footscray Town Hall - consisting of three-tiered wedding cake (costing 3 pounds) and cakes & sandwiches and 100 guests at 9 pence each. In bringing out her wedding photo (viewable at www.atrackwindingback.blogspot.com)Maidie reveals that it wasn't possible to have a photo taken of bride and groom together on the night, due to their wedding being a nighttime wedding. She remembers receiving a brooch...
Topics: wartime nightime wedding, Footscray town hall functions past eras, Rations and brides WWII
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Scottish born Maidie, recalls her first Christmas Day (1925) in Australia as temperatures reach 108 degrees in the shade; and she decides to cut her waist-length hair. Maidie also gives an amusing account of struggling with the local Aussie vernacular as she makes a 'faux pas' in front of friends from Sunday School. This excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK concludes with Maidie's recollection of the school's headmaster pulling her out of class to watch the snow,every time it snowed in the...
Topics: Australian Christmas and Migration, Australian vernacular,
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Sep 29, 2009 A Track Winding Back
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Marge recalls raising two children in the new suburb of Revesby, Sydney - in rather basic living conditions while her husband was away with the Royal Australian Navy during WWII. This oral history excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK provides details of everyday domestic life: cooking cakes on a kersoene stove in the laundry and life without a water heating copper...
Topics: Revesby Sydney, New Suburb of Revsby, Servicemen's wives and family life WWII
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Sep 29, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Marge, awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Australian war widows recalls joining the ACT War Widows Guild, The Year of Australia Remembers, and speaks about the rationale for The Field of Remembrance; a space for veterans' chief mourners,their wives and loved ones,to mark their loss.
Topics: Veterans' wWdows, ACT War Widows Guild, Field of Remembrance
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Topic: U.S Navy rations and Australian Navy rations
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Sep 25, 2009 A Track Winding back: Morshead Home Orla History & Reminiscence Project
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Cathy recalls being trained as a Non Commisioned Interviewer:Magella Blinksell
Topics: Radar WWII, radar training, Women and radar WWII
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Sep 25, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral Histroy & Reminiscence Project
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Marge describes husband Roy's arrival home from his last deployment with the Royal Australian Navy in Korea - and organising a milk truck to transport items back home, including the "first set of bucket seats in Australia from Japan".Excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Reminiscence Navy husband's homecoming from Korea, projectionists, Royal Australian Navy...
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Peggy Oral history Interviewer:Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Peace declared WWII, Martin Place Sydney,
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence project
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John recalls his youth in the South of England - watching dogfights, and collecting aircraft wreckage while attending a school close to fighter aircraft aerodromes in Surrey. This oral history excerpt from the A TRACK WINDING PROJECT includes John's recollections of incendiary bombs in the garden - and an account of a shell hitting the side of the family home.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Incendiary Bombs England, Reminiscences of youth in England WWII, Bicycle messenger Dad's Army
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Peg reminisces on lifts to dances in Sydney during her youth and while being courted by her husbnad Ted - who owned a car. A lift with her girlfriends in a truck - or even a hearse - was valued in those days as 'a ride.' Oral Histroy excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK.Oral History Interviewer:Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Dances c1940, transport to dances c1940
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence project
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Marge, a teenage air raid warden in WWII, recalls the reaction of her step-father on the night of the Japanese mini sub attacks on Sydney Harbour. Recalling a story about a vase destroyed on a mantleshelf in Rosebay, she also notes that the reality of war was similarly brought closrer to home through visits to injured New Zealand Navy personnel, hospitalized after Japanese submarine attacks near Garden Island.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Sub attacks Sydney Harbour WWII, Wounded New Zealand sailors Garden Island WWII
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence project
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An account of the origins of Maidie's name and the tradition of being seen first by her Scottish 'provister'(?) Grandfather when she was born. Now 97, Maidie says in her cheeky broad Scottish accent, that she just uses 'Margaritte' when she's being " high falutin." This Oral History excerpt - from A TRACK WINDING BACK - concludes with a discussion of her Grandmother's unfinished embroidered slippers; their completion, something Maidie has never quite slipped into. There's also a...
Topics: Scottish first names, Scottish nicknames, C19-C20 Scottish embroidered slippers, Elders Oral...
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Sep 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Living in a garage up the road with her husband and two children, Ursula and family could see the stars - and Southern Cross - through the gaps in the tiles while building a house in Hartley street, Turner, Canberra after migrating to Australia post-war.(Such contrast to the blacked-out windows in Hamburg she lived through as a teenager where one dared not view outside let alone the night sky or stars.) In this oral history excerpt from A TRACK WINDING BACK Ursula recollects paying the...
Topics: Post-war Migration Australia, Housing post-war Australia, Canberra Brickworks, Suburb of Turner,...
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Sep 23, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Ursula remembers building a house in Turner, Canberra after migrating to Australia post-war. Each fortnight she and her husband purchased 1,000 bricks from the Canberra Brickworks, living with their two children in a shed a few doors down, on Hartley st, throughout their home's construction. Oral History excerpt from A Track Winding Back. Recorded 2008.
Topics: Post War Housing, PostWar Migration Australia, Suburb of Turner, Canberra post-war housing
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Sep 14, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History and Reminiscence Project.
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Married during WWII, Marge looks back on the frequency of service deployments during her married life, and during peacetime. Roy, Marge's husband spent 32 years with the Royal Australian Navy. Roy was home for not more than 3 months, during the first 12 years of marriage. "You never knew when they were coming or going" she comments, contrasting more recent changes to leave and service conditions. "What leave we did have we made the most of," she notes; letterwriting is noted...
Topics: Marriage & Navy service, Navy Deployments, Women & Service life
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Sep 8, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History and Reminiscence Project.
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Peggy remembers her husband's and father's reticence to talk about their experiences of war - at the Great War and Second World War respectively.Excerpt from 'A Track Winding Back'.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Effects of war, Australian servicemen, Coping mechanisms War
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Sep 8, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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97 year old Maidie recalls her husaband's and brother-in-law's attitudes to visiting U.S servicemen during WWII, and recounts bumping into a cheeky U.S Marine on the steps of Coles in Melbourne, on a day out as a young mother. Excerpt from 'A Track Winding Back.' Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: American Marine, Americans in Australia
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Sep 8, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Born in 1923, Peggy recalls the circumstances of meeting her husband,Ted for the very first time in a pub on Anzac Day and how a telephone order for a 'Silent Night' refrigerator secured their second meeting. Now in 2008, 57 years on, the couple - still married and still in love - give an account of going out to court and dance, seeing Shirley Bassey and Liza Minnelli and other live shows at Sydney's swinging postwar nightclubs, (which included Romano's,Prince's,Capri,Tom Ugly's and Oyster...
Topics: Romance, Sydney Nightclubs, Nightclub History, Marriage Australia, Anzac Day, Dancing, Shirley...
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Sep 8, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History and Reminiscence Project.
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Born in 1923 Peggy recalls the need to move in with her sister in Willoughby, Sydney during the war period due to a fear of squatters while her brother-in-law was away at war. Her young neice was known as 'having two mothers','no father' during this time.Oral history excerpt from A Track Winding Back.'Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Willoughby, Women War years Australia, House Squatters, Squatters
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Sep 7, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Born in 1923, Peggy reminisces on the origin of her Christian name,'Mercier' - which was apparently borne out of her parents' time in England.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Mercier, Australian Christian names
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Sep 7, 2009 A Track Winding Back
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Reminiscence of being in Martin Place, Sydney to celebrate as Peace is declared at end of WWII - Excerpt from oral history & reminiscence project.
Topics: Peace declared, Martin Place, Peace & War
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Aug 26, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History and Reminiscence Project.
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Bill outlines the comradeship and social support he experienced amongst Royal Australian Navy personnel during his 4 years of service during the Vietnam War.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Vietnam Veteran, Australia Vietnam War
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Aug 26, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Oral history reminiscence of life below decks, tending the rather dangerous high octane fueled engines of HMAS Air Chief, on its runs to collect missing bodies out of the Arafura Sea near Northern Australia WWII. Interviewer: Magella Blinksell
Topics: Air Chief, Sea & Air Rescue WWII, WWII Australia
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Aug 26, 2009 A Track Winding back
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Recalled by Cathy during the A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, Cathy sings a folk song taught to her by her mother (while overseas) and possibly first heard by her mother during the time of the Boer War. Now passed on to her daughter and grandchildren, the song holds special significance due to the life events and twists of fate that influenced Cathy's Irish-Scottish family's migration to and from America - and Cathy's later post-war migration to...
Topics: Australian folksong, folksong, oral history song, Boer War, Song Reminiscence, Migration, Migration...
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Aug 25, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Excerpt of oral history recording tracking Kevin's deployment to the Middle East during WWII, leaving Narellan Camp.The voyage out the Heads of Sydney Harbour, arriving via the Suez Canal & dispatch to a camp in Palestine. Account of placing message in a bottle on leaving Sydeny harbour, later received by his wife Daphne.Includes reference to Australian warship convoy turning off and later captured in Singapore, and account of bombing raid on a petrol dump.Oral History Interviewer:Magella...
Topics: Deployment of Australian forces to Middle East WWII,Narellan Camp, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth,...
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Aug 25, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Sampler of CD intro for Kevin's recorded oral history (surname edited for privacy). 17 oral history CDs were recorded during 2007-08 for Stage I of the A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project, with funding from the ACT Office for Ageing.Stage II of A Track Winding Back - a weblog, supported by a grant from the Dept of Veterans' Affairs aims to preserve & bring online stories of ageing veterans & residents to a wider audience in 2009. Voice over by Oral...
Topics: Oral history CD sampler, A Track Winding Back, Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence...
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Aug 25, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home's Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Former Royal Military College Duntroon paymaster,Rita - now 88y.o & former Chief Clerk & Warrant Officer, Grace - now 97 cast their minds back to their involvement in the War Widows Guild,The Field of Rememberance, Rita's service on Morshead Home's Board & memories of the day Peace was declared. Rita describes the reaction by cadets on Duntroon's parade ground & speaks about war. Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Peace declared, Duntroon College, Morshead Home, Morshead Veterans' Home, Morshead Home for...
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Aug 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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88 year old Rita remembers childhood years in Leichhardt & Petersham.Recalling James st,Crystal st, Leichhardt School,shopping Paramatta Road,close proximity of grandparents & family,sixpence tickets at The Marlboro picture theatre (built1920, redeveloped into units 1960...),recollections of childhood impressions of Norton street cemetry & father's shoemaking shop,Petersham. Extract from A Track Winding Back. Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Leichhardt, Petersham, Norton street, Depression years, James st, Crystal st, The Marlboro, Sydney...
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Aug 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Thoughts on married life at Duntroon,Canberra during WWII+ post WWII: by A Track Winding Back - oral history - Project interviewee, Rita, then Duntroon Paymaster.Excerpt from 'A Track Winding Back.' Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Duntroon, Duntroon Royal Military College
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Aug 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back:Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Leichhardt, Sydney in the Great Depression; an account triggered by discussion of Irish grandfather's shoe last,in interviewee's home. Difficulty of father's shoemaking in Leichhardt during Depression years ,Rita's work at Robin's Shoe Factory & mother's visit to Leichhardt Town Hall to demand assistance for family. Excerpt from A Track Winding Back -oral history - Project.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Leichhardt, Great Depression, Depression, Shoe maker, Robin's Shoes
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Aug 24, 2009 A Track Winding Back: Morshead Home Oral History & Reminiscence Project
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Australian pilot, Colin F describes learning to loop the loop in a WWII Tiger moth, using a book of instructions, and about a growing sense of confidence piloting a tigermoth as a young RAAF trainee pilot.Oral History Interviewer: Magella Blinksell.
Topics: Tiger moth, WWII, pilot, flight, RAAF, World War II Veteran Reminiscence, A Track Winding Back